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Julia Domna, Augusta, 193-217 AD, AR Denarius, Pietas, struck 196-211 AD

115.00 AUD

Origin:
Rome mint
Authority:
Julia Domna, struck under Septimius Severus and Caracalla
Denomination:
AR Denarius
Composition:
Silver
Date:
196-211 AD
Obverse:
IVLIA AVGVSTA, Bust of Julia, draped, head bare, right, hair elaborately waved in five horizontal ridges, fastened in a large bun at back; queue on neck
Reverse:
PIETAS AVGG, Pietas, veiled, draped, standing front, head left, sacrificing out of patera in right hand over lighted and garlanded altar left, and holding box in left hand at side, a fold of drapery falling over left arm
Size:
18.47mm, 3.8g, 11h
Grade:
aVF, well centred, toned, rough surfaces
Reference:
BMCRE V 62-67; RIC IV 572; Cohen IV 148-151; RSC III 150; SRCV II 6600
Julia Domna was the second wife of the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus and the mother of Emperors Geta and Caracalla. Unlike most Empresses, Julia travelled with her husband on military campaigns. She was well respected and credited for supporting Philosophy after Nero had previously banned it. She chose to commit suicide following the asssasination of her son Caracalla during a rebellion.
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